Hello Kitty Face cake

Posted in Cakes on July 11th, 2012 by Brooklyn Cake – Be the first to comment

Here is another cake that would absolutely delight my four-year old daughter. This cute little kitty is complete with shortbread cookie bow.
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Pink Mod Monkey Cake III

Posted in Cakes on June 27th, 2012 by Brooklyn Cake – Be the first to comment

This is a cute little mini rendition of the second mod monkey cake!
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NY Knicks cupcakes

Posted in Cakes, Uncategorized on June 18th, 2012 by Brooklyn Cake – Be the first to comment

Each NY Knicks logo was cut out of fondant and then piped with icing free hand to create the image.

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Smurfette Cake

Posted in Cakes on June 15th, 2012 by Brooklyn Cake – Be the first to comment

This Smurfette cake uses a bas relief style–being 3D and 2D at the same time. A custom purse as well as tiara were added to the popular image of Smurfette from the current theatrical release of “The Smurfs”.
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Passionfruit Marshmallows

Posted in Food, Recipes on May 14th, 2012 by Brooklyn Cake – Be the first to comment

Passion marshmallows 1 Passionfruit MarshmallowsI was recently doing some experiments and trials trying to develop a vegetarian recipe for marshmallows. I was thinking that there must be a simpler way than buying all the exotic ingredients like soy protein isolate, xanthum gum, etc. Maybe there isn’t. My experiments were a huge FAIL! After cleaning up the mess, I decided that I still I wanted to make marshmallows (non-veg) but not the usual vanilla. I had some passionfruit puree around, so I decided this was it. *Please note: This is NOT a vegetarian recipe.

Passionfruit Marshmallows

1/4 C plus 2 T passionfruit puree or juice

1 1/2 T gelatin

1/4 C water

1 C granulated sugar

1/4 C corn syrup

pinch of salt

Tsp vanilla (optional)

1 egg white, at room temperature

Grease a 6×6 metal pan. Generously dust with powdered sugar.

Sprinkle gelatin with passionfruit puree/juice until the gelatin sponges. (Sprinkle little by little so the gelatin sponges evenly.

Combine sugar, water, corn syrup and salt over medium heat. Stir with a spoon or swirl pan a bit to dissolve sugar. You can brush the sides of pan with water if crystals form, but generally leave the pan alone after the sugar is dissolved. Heat until syrup reached soft ball stage (240 degrees F). You can also tell it’s reached this stage when the bubbling in syrups is thick and slow. Carefully pour into the gelatin mixture and stir until dissolved.

Using an electric mixer, beat the mixture until it is thick and white and cooled. Add vanilla extract and beat (if adding). In a separate bowl, beat egg white until soft peaks form. Add this to the gelatin mixture and mix. Pour mixture into the prepared pan and dust with powdered sugar. Alternately, you can put this into a piping bag and pipe out marshmallows with a decorating tip of your choice. Refrigerate for a few hours until firm.

Mailbox Cake

Posted in Cakes on May 4th, 2012 by Brooklyn Cake – Be the first to comment

Sweet and simple, the client wanted to capture the essence of receiving love letters in the mail. The mail box is actually a mini cake.
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Lightning McQueen Tire Cake

Posted in Cakes on April 27th, 2012 by Brooklyn Cake – Be the first to comment

Just thought I’d share this simple rendition of Lightning McQueen on top of a tire cake. I wasn’t too particularly concerned with getting the correct contours of the car, although of course, I needed to capture the likeness as this was a very small version of Lightning.

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Big Wig Cupcakes

Posted in Cakes on April 16th, 2012 by Brooklyn Cake – Be the first to comment

With not much time or visual reference, these cupcakes were created inspired by the big wig cupcakes that appeared in Shrek 4, during Rumpelstiltskin’s cupcake dinner with his witches. I made these for a friend’s daughter birthday get together as a rendition on a more conventional type of princess cupcake.

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Tiger Birthday Cake

Posted in Cakes on April 16th, 2012 by Brooklyn Cake – Be the first to comment

The tiger figure on top of this cake was custom designed for the client. The client wanted to mix two ideas of a white tiger doll and the characters of the Vancouver Olympics. A custom hibiscus pattern was also applied to the cake using the brush embroidery technique.

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These are a Few of My Favorite things

Posted in Two Cents on November 10th, 2011 by Brooklyn Cake – Be the first to comment

And no, they are not raindrops on roses.

winter cake 206x300 These are a Few of My Favorite thingsBy now, some of you may know of my love of Snow and Graham papers. After all, I did design a tiered winter cake (pictured) after one of their gift wrap designs. Now they have come back this holiday season as they do every year, with new exciting winter designs. They also sell holiday cards and stationery as well as assorted holiday wrap packages now. I assure you, you won’t be disappointed. And don’t be surprised if you see another winter-themed cake by me inspired by their designs!

I have also made a recent discovery of designer paper that is right up my alley and that is a company called Caskata. They don’t just do paper, but also tableware. which is also definitely my thing.

Getting away from paper, Dwell Studio has always been one of my favorites since my daughter was born. I love their fabric patterns and room decor items. As some of you may know, they also have a stationery line at Tiny Prints. They’ve recently expanded their product line considerably, including real furniture, so revisiting their site is worth a moment. They also have an excellent line produced for Target for a lower cost.

Last but not least is a site I have really come to love… and that is Shop Sweet Lulu. They are not the only site that does what they do, but are very selective of what they sell. I’d say this is increasingly becoming my number one site to visit for party ware and party/event supplies.